The Kansas City Royals have long been out of playoff contention, but they showed yesterday they will have a say in how the American League East pennant race plays out.
Zack Greinke pitched seven sharp innings as the Royals edged Tampa Bay 3-2, leaving the Rays and N.Y. Yankees tied for the division lead.
The National League West race will come down to the final series, but the San Francisco Giants are in a good position to ensure it doesn’t go down to the final game.
Pablo Sandoval hit a splash shot into McCovey Cove, and Andres Torres and Buster Posey also homered, as the Giants beat Arizona 4-1 yesterday, moving them closer to their first NL West crown since 2003.
The Ryder Cup looks set to finish Monday for the first time in its 83-year history because rain turned Celtic Manor into a water-logged mess today.
Play did resume after a stoppage of more than seven hours, but the long delay made it unlikely that any of the morning best-ball matches will be completed today.
OTTAWA—Nazem Kadri wanted to prove to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ coaching and management team that he could play in the NHL.
He made a lasting impression last night, scoring two goals and picking up an assist in the Leafs’ 4-3 pre-season win over the Ottawa Senators.
“It’s about time I did something out here,” said Kadri.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Injuries and absences have created a choppy start to this season for the Minnesota Vikings.
Now it’s being chopped up again.
The Vikings earned their first victory Sunday after a pair of frustrating losses, but Brett Favre and his wide receivers still are trying to find their groove without Pro Bowl pick Sidney Rice.
The Philadelphia Phillies are the NL East champions for the fourth-consecutive year—and Roy Halladay is heading to the playoffs for the first time.
Fittingly, the right-hander helped seal the deal.
The Boston Red Sox needed two of their division rivals to stumble to keep their dim playoff chances alive.
When the N.Y. Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays obliged, the Red Sox took advantage.
Clay Buchholz scattered five hits over eight solid innings in Boston’s 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox last night.
ALAMEDA, Calif.—George Blanda, the seemingly ageless Hall of Fame quarterback and kicker whose 26-year career was best remembered for a remarkable run of late-game theatrics with the Oakland Raiders, has died.
He was 83.
The Boston Red Sox saw their faint playoff hopes glow a little brighter when Mariano Rivera failed to put them away in the ninth inning.
Those hopes then were all but snuffed out when Jonathan Papelbon suffered a rare blown save of his own.
ATLANTA—One clutch shot gave Jim Furyk two big trophies.
He sat between them yesterday afternoon after his dramatic victory in the rain at East Lake—the crystal trophy for the Tour Championship on his left and the sterling silver FedEx Cup trophy on his right.
Which one meant more?